Sports

JV Spring sports recap
Micah Doherty

Editor's note: This is a collection of summaries for different JV teams during this most recent spring sports season.

Revenge of the Jr. Bills; Water Polo captures its 23rd state title
Andrew Hunt and Jake Fitzpatrick, Core Staff, Staff

After a blowout postseason run, the varsity water polo team returned the famed state title to the halls of St. Louis U. High for the 23rd time against Parkway Central on Wednesday. The 11-9 victory followed a devastating defeat to the same rivals last year, and saw the superpower teams battle back and forth to the bitter end, where the Jr. Bills solidified their statewide dominance over the sport of water polo.

Districts Dub! SLUH Track qualifies for Sectionals in 11 events
Otto Reitenbach and Tristan Kujawa, Core Staff, Staff

The St. Louis U. High Track & Field team took on its first meet of the postseason, districts. It is the first step in the road to state, as the top four from districts in each event qualify for the sectional meet, then from there can qualify for state. A normal district meet would have taken one day, however this meet spanned over the course of three days with javelin unable to compete until Monday adding suspense for the entire team. Would they emerge victorious?

Inline's prosperous season comes to an end against Vianney
Gavin Simon, reporter

All good things must come to an end. Last Tuesday, the St. Louis U. High Inline Hocker team was knocked out of the playoffs by Vianney in an upset defeat. The Jr. Bills, the No. 2 seed, fell 7-4 to the seventh-seeded Griffins in an unfortunate first round playoff matchup. Prior to this game, the Jr. Bills had taken on Liberty and readily handled the Eagles, coming out on top with a 10-5 scoreline. 

Golf team falls short in districts; two sophomores place top ten in State
Aiden Erard, Core Staff

The golfers of St. Louis U. High took to the District Tournament at the Legends Golf Club, ultimately missing a team qualification by fewer than five strokes. However, sophomores Harrison Zipfel and Nick Vilela earned All District Honors, while freshman Parker Anderson also qualified as an individual for the State Tournament. 

Smash has successful season; VALORANT gears for Nationals
Theo Agniel, Core Staff

Is the St. Louis U. High E-Sports team the best high school esports team in the St. Louis Area? That is the biggest question that the Valorant and Smash teams at SLUH have to answer, and so far they have done so with a resounding yes.

Bull, Cuneo, Ranek travel to Olympic Training Center for Junior Olympics
Micah Doherty

The St. Louis U. High Rifle team sent three individuals to compete at the Junior Olympics at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. It was a privilege and one of the few opportunities for young shooters to compete on a national stage against the best in the country. Senior Nicholas Bull and juniors Cyrus Ranek and Joey Cuneo represented SLUH at this prestigious match.

Water Polo shows promise in first two rounds of state playoffs
Nick Robert and Henry Hassenstab, reporters

The St. Louis U. High Water Polo team started its playoff run eager to assert that they were the top dogs in Missouri, with two absolute dominant wins against two weaker programs. The Jr. Bills played Marquette and CBC and came back to SLUH with two wins. Although these were just the first two games in their amazing playoff run, they were truly showing how much better they have gotten since last year and how much they deserve to bring home the state championship.

Volleyball soars through districts, takes on De Smet in finals
Andrew Hunt and Brendan Hunt, Core Staff, reporter

The volleyball team concluded an intense week of district rounds yesterday with a loss to De Smet Jesuit, following shutouts against Chaminade in Monday’s quarterfinal and against No. 2 seed Parkway Central in Tuesday’s semis.

Track pummels competition in for their twelfth MCC title in a row
Otto Reitenbach and Tristan Kujawa, Core Staff, Staff

The St. Louis U. High Track and Field team took down the MCC field by force, winning with a commanding 130-point performance for their 12th straight MCC championship. They followed this domination with a JV season conclusion at SLUH JV/C No. 3, wrapping up a successful season for many SLUH athletes. 

Lax pours it on Edwardsville on Senior night; obliterates Vianney in final game of the season
Daniel Neuner and Tommy Wagner, Staff, reporter

One last ride. Last Thursday, the 20 seniors on the St. Louis U. High lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night with their parents and then handed Edwardsville a hefty 11-1 defeat. On Tuesday, the Jr. Billikens trampled Vianney 17-1 in another dominant victory at home. After finishing the regular season with just two goals conceded in the last two games, SLUH will set their sights on continuing their excellent form in the playoffs.

Inline hockey team sees remarkable success throughout the season; looks to promising playoffs
Gavin Simon, reporter

The Bills keep on rolling! In the months following the conclusion of the ice hockey season, many Jr. Bills have taken on the challenge of playing a roller-bladed variant of the sport. As the St. Louis U. High Inline Hockey team heads into playoffs following its May 4 game against Liberty, they look to create a new success in the program, as teams of previous years have found little success in the Varsity division.

Baseball crowned sole MCC champions for the first time in over ten years
Drew Figge, Sports Editor

The St. Louis Cardinals last World Series championship was in 2011—which was also the last time the St. Louis U. High baseball team was crowned the MCC champions. While Cardinals fans are still in search of the next title, the wait is over for the Jr. Bills and their fans. After wrapping up their MCC play with a 2-0 victory over Vianney and ending the year 7-1 in the MCC, the Jr. Bills were crowned MCC champions. In 2013, SLUH earned co-MCC champions, but the last time that they outright won it was in 2011.

Jr. Bills Clinch Second Place in MCC Tennis Tournament
Nicholas Bull, reporter

Tuesday marked the beginning of a gripping showdown at the MCC Tennis Tournament. With their prowess and agility on the court, the Jr. Bills secured an impressive second place finish against their Catholic rivals CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, and Vianney. 

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